PCA Night at the Drags -- REMATCH!
By Scott Schulte, SCCA/Safety Chair
In case you missed it in March, PCA Night
at the Drags is back! One more chance to run your Porsche
down the quarter mile
at Hawaii Raceway Park and show fellow Porsche enthusiasts
who has the hotest ride.
For those who would like to caravan to the track,
as before, we will meet at our normal Ke’ehi
Lagoon Park location at 5:15 p.m. and leave for the
track at 5:45 p.m. sharp. The track opens at 6:00 p.m.
We will reserve a place for us all, drivers and spectators,
to park together in the pit area. If you prefer to
drive directly, you can meet us at the track. There
is an $8 admission charge per person. This includes
the cost to participate in the drag races. Of course,
one can simply join the club for the cruise and enjoy
the races from the grandstand, or pit area.
Detailed instructions will be provided once we have
arrived at the track. There will be a drivers’ meeting
where all questions can be answered. But, basically,
this is a low stress event. You can straight line race
against other types of cars or against other Porsche
Club members. You can race as many passes as you want
from 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Helmets will be required
for cars that run an elapsed time of 13.99 or faster.
If you have a helmet, please bring it. Some helmets
will be available for use. All drivers are required
to wear: shirt, long pants, and shoes.
See you at the track!
Event: PCA Night at the Drags -- REMATCH!
Date: Saturday, May 14th
Assemble: 5:15 p.m., Ke’ehi Lagoon Park
Depart: 5:45 p.m. Hawaii Raceway Park
Arrive Track: 6:15-6:30 p.m.
Scott J. Schulte, 836.1675,
Rally Race to PCA-Hawaii Picnic
by John Gschwend, PCA-HI Secretary
The scheduled Rally with the June 19
picnic has been moved to the July 10 Ko 'Olina Run.
The picnic rally race will begin at
Ke'ehi Lagoon Park. This rally is a timed event. The
ten closest times to the calculated time will win a
prize. $500 worth of prizes will be awarded. Don’t
Please arrive at the park by 9:00 am. Departures
will start at 9:30 am. Each driver will be logged
in and given a colored address to go to. At the next
location, drivers will look for a box labeled "Porsche
Club" near the cash register and take one colored
address location. Finally, all cars will end up at
the picnic on Ford Island to be logged in again,
if drivers have all the colored addresses with them.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at
the picnic. First prize will go to the driver with
the closest time. Second prize to next best time,
etc. Ten prizes in all will be awarded. All prizes
will be auto related. Questions? Please feel free
to contact me: John Gschwend, 625-5119, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event: Rally Race to the Picnic
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2005
Time: 9:00 am
Assemble: Ke'ehi Lagoon Park
Launch: 9:30 am
Destination: Ford Island, PCA Picnic
Prizes: 10 prizes ($500 total value)
Contact: John Gschwend: 625-5119,
The picnic is the culmination
of our first tandem event, the first being a Rally,
which starts earlier in the morning. This double-event
day is special as many of us will be celebrating Father's
Day as well. And consistent with past practice, the
club will be providing the food and drinks. All you
have to do is show up and enjoy the day with family
and friends. The adjacent swimming pool, tennis and
basketball courts are also available for your use and
The picnic area is just a block from the "Mighty
Mo." Picnic guests can walk over from the picnic
area to the Missouri to purchase tickets as long
as they do not go wandering all over the island.
The general admission is $16 for adults and $8 for
children between the ages of 4-12. Hawaii residents
or military with their ID can get in for $10 for
adults and $5 for children. The Chief’s guided
tour is an additional $6 per person when an actual
guide takes you around the ship telling you about
the history and the weaponry and you get to go into
the CEC (Command Electronics Center) which you can
only do on a guided tour. This tour runs just about
every 15 minutes throughout the day and takes an
hour. The ticket window at the ship is open from
*It is very important that you send in your RSVP
(to Ambro ILagan 488-9958 or at email address, email@example.com)
along with the number and names of the members in
your group. This will be put on the authorized access
list which will be checked by the security guard
at the Ford Island causeway gate.
Directions: From Kamehameha Hwy in Aiea, when approaching
from either Ewa or Waikiki direction, turn makai
onto the Ford Island Causeway at the intersection
across from the Aloha Stadium and stop at the guard
gate. Once the guard verifies that all the people
in your party are on the list, you will be allowed
passage. It is recommended that you ensure having
current vehicle registration, safety check, and insurance
card as they do random checks. When you're waived
through, proceed to drive on to Ford Island. Turn
right to get on the rotary and go 2/3 around in a
counter-clockwise direction and get off on the third
and last exit. The Arizona Pool Park and Pavilion
will be to your immediate left. A club banner will
be conspicuously posted at the entrance to the parking
area. We hope you can all make it, it'll be a great
Annual PCA-Hawaii Picnic
Place: Arizona Pool Patio and Pavilion on Ford Island
Date: Father's Day, June 19, 2005
Time: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
RSVP*: Ambro Ilagan, 488-9958,
A DAY AT THE RACES
by John Gschwend, PCA-HI Secretary
No, not a Marx Brothers
movie. I am writing about the Porsche Club March 12th
Drag Race at the Hawaii Raceway Park. It was my first
time at the park and at legal drag racing. Some of us
caravanned over from Ke'ehi Lagoon Park. We arrived just
after 6:00 pm. There is an off-track circular central
staging area where we all parked and met with the other
Porsche Club members who had driven straight to the Raceway.
We had a good turnout of about a dozen cars spanning
a thirty year period.
As it turns out, the racing does not really start
until 7:00pm. Getting there early was so we could all
park together in a good area. So we all kinda nervously
milled around a bit, as the anxiety built up. I spent
the time quizzing the experienced drivers as to what
to expect. I was told to watch an area of the track
at the beginning of the staging area, where a man will
setup with a chair. Five minutes later there he was.
I walked over to talk to him, introduced myself, and
the non-accredited Porsche Club event. He said to bring
our cars around and line them up in lane two so he
could inspect them for leaks, loose objects, and put
a number on the window. So I hurriedly back and informed
everyone we were to get in line with our cars. I told
Scott I did not want to be first, not ever having participated
before. I wanted to see how it was done. He said he
would go first. He pulled up in line and I pulled in
behind him. Scott's truck was marked #1 and my car
was marked #2. We were informed that it was recommended
for novices to take a ride in the demo van to see how
it was done. Ambro, Scott and I got in the van. Scott
went just for a refresher course. As the driver went
down the track he explained the various lanes (six
of them, 0-1 pros', 2-3 grudge match & 4-5 anybody),
staging areas, track officials, lights, route back
to the beginning and the little booth where you pickup
your time ticket.
Now to race. Scott drove up to the front of lane #5
and I pulled in behind him. Our competitors lined up
in lane #4. I watched Scott and his opponent go through
the motions as described to us in the demo van. Then
zoom, off they go! You know I don't think Scott's truck
has a little 4-banger in it like he said.
Me next. I went around the water box for burn outs.
First Stage light, second stage light, heart pounding,
left foot on break, right foot on gas. Watch the lights.
GO! What a rush! A little scary at first so I backed
off about half way down. I quickly regain my composure,
and the peddle was back to the metal again. Then I
thought the race was finished so I let off and then
saw the cones go by. Darn! Let off to soon. Little
dark at the end of the track, so anxiety sets back
in because you think you missed the turn around left
turn. Like the energizer bunny, you keep going and
going and going. Then finally jubilation! There it
is! You didn't miss the turn. You drive back to the
beginning, picking up your time slip.
Each time I ran, I got better. My last race was against
Scott and his mysterious truck. It was my closest race
of the night. I won by .04 seconds. His top speed and
ET was better but my reaction time was lower by .086
seconds. Just enough to win this time.
Apparently while we were battling on the blacktop.
The spectators were enjoying the great food prepared
at the snack bar. Next time I am going to get me some
The lowest ET: 13.34 seconds, Michael Turolla.
The highest speed: 105.17 mph, John Gschwend.
The lowest reaction time: .007 seconds, Scott Schulte.
Sunny Food Bank Drive, 2005
Once again, PCA-Hawaii participated in one of our
favorite charity events of the year, the annual Hawaii
Food Bank Drive. More than a dozen members met at Ke‘ehi
Lagoon Park on a sunny Saturday morning, April 16,
for the annual trek to Mililani Town Center to drop
off our donations of food and cash.
After PCA-HI Secretary John Gschwend conducted a brief
driver's meeting, he led the caravan in his seal gray
2005 Carrera S. John charted a course west on H-1 past
Aloha Stadium and Pearl City, then exited in Waipahu
on Kam Hwy for some street cruising through Waikele
and the Kipapa Gulch, then turning into old Mililani
town to the back part of the town center and on to
the drop point in the parking lot across from Long's
and Star Super Market. Rounding out the caravan were
new members Curtis and KC Nakatsu in their gorgeous
arctic silver 2003 Turbo, and returning members Dick & Kirsten
Melcher in their new midnight blue 2005 Boxster S,
Howard Watanbe in his C2 coupe, and Gus Rivera in his
seal gray Boxster.
From the drop point, the caravan headed to nearly
Ruby Tuesday's for lunch, a little before the restaurant's
11:30 opening time. After a few growling stomaches,
Ruby Tuesday's opened to everyone's delight, where a good time was had
Who was there:
John Gschwend-2005 Carrera S
Dick & Kirsten Melcher-2005 Boxster S
Ambro & Liz Iagan—1979 Turbo
Ed Yuen & Gwen Won—1991 Turbo
Lance Uehara—1981 911 SC
Gus Rivera 2002 Boxster
Curtis & KC Nakatsu ?2003 Turbo
Howard Watanabe—1991 911 coupe
Craig Wood—1996 911 coupe
Jeff Yang—1972 911 Targa